King's Gate Primary School

Welcome to our Reception Class page, we are looking forward to a fantastic year with lots of learning and laughter!


Welcome to our Reception class page!

Mrs Gough

We are very lucky to have a brand new school and so we have had the privilege to design our learning environment around the specific interests and needs of our children.  

We have designed a rich, stimulating environment using real and natural resources to encourage learning to be a multi sensory experience. 

Our children  are encouraged to be independent learners, learning through play based experiences and are encouraged to challenge themselves, ask questions and seek answers.

Come along and see us learn!

We are really excited to learn alongside you this year and cant wait to get started!

Mrs Gough and Mrs Nothard

Mrs Nothard


What do we do in Foundation Stage 2?

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. The Early Years curriculum emphasises three prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The four specific areas to help children strengthen and apply the prime areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All of these areas are connected together.  To support children to learn and develop we ensure there is a balance of effective teaching and learning characteristics.

Playing and exploring: children can investigate, experience and 'have a go'

Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements

Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

(Statutory framework for the EYFS)


Teaching in Reception is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult-led activities:

  • Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. We will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating.
  • Teaching of early reading and writing through a phonics based programme called Letters and Sounds
  • Whole class teaching for short periods of time such as shared storytime, direct teaching (for example of maths), songs and rhymes, discussions and sharing work.
  • Opportunities for teachers to work alongside children as they develop their own interests in particular areas of the curriculum.



Meet our class animals . . . 

 Ant and Dec are our Giant African Land Snails.  When we first rehomed them they were smaller than Mrs Goughs fingernail . . . they are growing really fast!  Ant and Dec love to eat cucumber, they even climb inside them!

We also have a fish tank with some beautiful golden fish who help us relax whilst reading a book.

snails fish
We are looking forward to Autumn Term 2021 . . . .

    Click here for a story 08.09.2021

Click here for a new story 09.09.21

In September we will spend lots of time getting to know you: we will help you learn where to put your belongings in the morning, learn some school routines and find out about the other children in your new class.

September is an exciting time of new beginnings and we can't wait to get started!

We love books at King's Gate Primary school.  Our first stories will all be about starting school, we will find out how familiar story characters enjoyed their first day at school.

When you are settled and ready to learn our first focus book will be 'The Little Red Hen'.  This is a traditional tale which we will help you learn to retell to your family.

We may even bake some bread like the hen in the story - I wonder if you have ever baked bread before?


We will begin to teach you phonics lessons and send home reading books for you to share at home with your family.


In our reception class we love stories; to become a good writer you need to read . . . a lot!

We share stories everyday in class, you can choose some of the stories we share!


Awe and Wonder in Early Years...

To promote awe and wonder about our amazing world, children have the opportunity to take part in a 'WOW' science experiments. 

Children are encouraged to ask questions about the world we live in, the greatest scientists in the world ask questions . . . "The important thing is to never stop asking questions" Albert Einstein.

In the learning environment we have an 'Investigation Station' where children can investigate, talk and predict with their friends.


Here is our wonderful Early Years Learning Environment at King's Gate Primary school:


Here are some useful websites to help you find out more information:

This year all Reception children will take part in a baseline.  For more information, please click here.

This year the guidance for EYFS has changed.  For more information, please click here.


King's Gate Primary school follow White Rose Maths.  For more information, please click here.

White Rose Maths

For a guide to help you learn to pronounce the phonemes we will teach your children this year click here.

Here is a link to the parent meeting we held at King's Gate Primary school in July 2021.



 King's Gate Primary school follow 'Get set 4 PE' for some ideas to have fun and get active at home, click here.


 Here is a really useful video to explain how maths works in early years.  Click here

Here is a really useful video to explain how phonics works in early years.  Click here


Early Years at King's Gate in action...